Investor Relations

The IoT Company Builder of Europe

Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe’s premier startup incubator for the Internet of Things and Services (IoT) and Blockchain. As a company builder and operational VC, NBT acts at the nexus of a continually growing ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and politicians. With our know-how in IoT, we are the touchpoint for innovation in Europe – enabling companies to realize disruptive innovation with exceptional speed.

Validation, realization, and market introduction.

Next Big Thing generates long-term value within 6 months through our innovative “Time Machine Approach” - ensuring added value, profitability, and scalability for ideas in high tech with well-defined business models, market size, and early cash flow. Compared to alternative innovation models, the company-building method reduces investment cost significantly. Our successful approach derives from a team of software and hardware experts, a unique Venture Design Process, and our priority access to a network of investors, startups, and high-tech providers.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy established the “Digital Hub Initiative” with 12 hubs in total. NBT represents the official IoT Hub for Germany, which broadens the scope of NBT and the technology segment overall.

As the leading driver of innovation in Germany, NBT offers the opportunity to develop your future digital business areas through joint venturing. With a joint IoT-venture, companies become part of NBT’s unique ecosystem.

You dream. We create.

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Harald Zapp

Founder and CEO

Harald Zapp is a serial tech entrepreneur, business angel, and IoT innovator with 25 years of experience in IT and the telecommunications industry. In 2016 he launched the Berlin-based IoT company builder, Next Big Thing AG. He founded leading IoT brand relayr and is a co-founder of an early NBT AG venture, weeve. Harald is also a member of the Bitkom board, promoting the IoT Hub Berlin in the context of the German Digital Hub Initiative.

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Michael-Maria Bommer

Founder and Member of Advisory Board

Michael-Maria Bommer has more than 25 years of expertise at the intersection of technology and sales in Germany, Europe, and the US. He has been an active founder and angel investor for over a decade. In 2012, he initiated relayr together with Harald Zapp and has since been part of several IoT-focused startups, including KoolZone. At NBT, Michael helps our ventures create their initial offering and value proposition as well as develop the early business case and presentation.

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Maik Käbisch

Founder and Chairman

Maik Käbisch worked for over 10 years in senior positions within Europe’s leading financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse. He was on the board of Döttinger/Straubinger AG, one of Germany’s largest independent asset managers. Currently Maik is actively serving on two supervisory boards and several advisory councils. He also acts as a managing director of a charitable foundation in Germany. As a business angel, he actively supports innovative high-growth enterprises. At NBT AG he is Founder and Chairman.

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Martin Buhl

CFO

Martin Buhl mentors ventures while providing financial guidance and business development for token economies. As Investment Director at Innogy Innovation Hub, he oversaw seed investments and conducted valuation, portfolio performance, network development, and evaluation of coin offerings. Martin specializes in topics of machine (AI & blockchain) and sharing economies, smart buildings, transportation, big data, IoT and cybersecurity. He served as Board Member and Advisor for energy, technology, and financial industry startups as well as Founder and CEO of GLOW.CAPITAL, connecting international entrepreneurs and VCs in Fintech and AI.

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Jasmin Skenderi

CTO

Jasmin Skenderi is a passionate technologist and device developer with over 12 years of experience in building hardware, firmware, and software solutions. After major projects for the aerospace and military industries, Jasmin pursued industrial and consumer device development. Now he leads the development of solutions for startups combining IoT and blockchain, where he sees the full potential to engage emotionally and conceptually. As CTO, Jasmin guides planning and strategy while supporting our ventures through end-to-end device development – from idea to market introduction. With hands-on mentorship, he advises the tech team on solutions for real-world problems.